Call of Nature: The Secret Life of Dung by Richard Jones

By Richard Jones

trip throughout the digestive platforms of people, farm and wild animals, and meet a few of nature’s final recyclers as they devour, breed in and compete for dung. the autumn of physically waste onto the floor is the beginning of a race opposed to the clock as a mess of dung-feeders and scavengers devour this wealthy foodstuff resource. From the enigmatic dung-rolling beetles to bat guano and titanic elephant droppings, dung creates a miniature surroundings to be explored through the aspiring dung watcher.

The writer completes the publication with an identity consultant to dung itself, for you to establish the animal that left it at the back of. Pellets or pats? Scats, spraints, frass, guano, spoor – study your method round various species’ droppings. There’s additionally a dung-feeder’s id advisor that incorporates the species you’re probably to come across on an exploration of the dung heap.

Editorial reviews

"This e-book is a real gem and one who spread out an entire new international of normal background to me.... a most sensible perform instance of clinical writing." --Clive Herbert, London Naturalist

"I love this e-book. full of scatological gem stones, it's a significant, hugely interesting and fantastically illustrated consultant to the realm of excrement. No bookshelf may be entire with no it." --Professor Dave Goulson, writer of A Sting within the story, founding father of Bumblebee Conservation Trust

"We all recognize that s**t occurs. it is what occurs to it afterwards that's particularly very important - a gorgeous booklet concerning the organic poetry of dung, droppings, scat and frass." --Nick Baker

"This booklet could make a superb addition to any entomologist's bookshelf and a thought-provoking learn for an individual easily all for cr*p. i am simply blissful it isn't scratch-and-sniff." --Alex Evans, Biosphere Magazine

"This is a such a lot thought-provoking, well-researched, well-illustrated and informative e-book choked with attention-grabbing proof by means of a widely known writer who understands his topic and, when evidently beautiful to the committed coleopterist or dipterist, it additionally can't support yet be liked through the overall entomologist." --John W. Phillips, British magazine of Entomology and usual History

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